Coronavirus vaccines now being offered to people aged 42 and over in England

Coronavirus vaccines are now being offered to people aged 42 and over in England.

It is the second time this week the vaccine booking system has been extended to more people in their forties, after they were offered to those aged 44 and over yesterday.

Now, people aged 42 and over, or those who will turn 42 before 1 July, can arrange their jab appointment through the national booking website.

The expansion of the vaccine programme comes as figures over the weekend confirmed more than half of the UK’s total population has received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Government data up to 24 April shows that of the 46,253,754 jabs given in the UK so far, 33,666,638 were first doses – a rise of 142,215 on the previous day.

The target of offering a first COVID vaccine dose to the nine most vulnerable groups by 15 April was reached three days early.

Despite supply constraints and second jabs for those at highest risk of contracting COVID being prioritised, the rollout was subsequently slowly expanded to adults under the age of 50, with people in their mid to late forties the first group to be offered the jab as part of this second phase.

Within a week of the booking system opening, two thirds of 45 to 49-year-olds had received their first vaccine.


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